Gingrich: End-Of-Life Counseling Is ‘Terrific’

A doctor in New Hampshire challenged Newt Gingrich for claiming that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels,” despite his past support for advance directives. Gingrich responded that the government should not ration care to seniors before agreeing with the actual text of the provision. Calling the idea of reimbursing doctors who spend time discussing end-of-life treatments with seniors “terrific,” Gingrich said, “I’m willing to support that and to say that that’s something that should be supported by Medicare if it’s done in a totally decentralized say with no bureaucracy from Washington defining the terms.” Watch the exchange: